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    Circa 1965 Emmitt Ashford Single Signed Baseball. The first "man in black" who was also a black man. The Jackie Robinson of Major League umpiring, Ashford is remembered today for far more than crossing the officiating color line in 1965, as his flashy style and courteous comportment endeared him to players and fans alike. Many have rallied for his Hall of Fame induction, including the widow of Robinson herself, who wrote, "I have intimate knowledge of the challenges he faced. At that time in America, the need for social change was intense and still to come. Mr. Ashford carried out the role with great skill, determination and courage, thereby creating opportunities for others to follow him." Presented is the only Ashford single we've ever encountered, one that will surely skyrocket in value should the posthumous call to Cooperstown ever come. The side panel black ink signature rates 8.5/10 on an ONL (Giles) ball. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    October, 2009
    1st-2nd Thursday-Friday
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